2004 Photo Contest, Sports Action, Stories, 1st prize
Photographer

Jakob Carlsen

17 June, 2003

A horse that has died of a heart attack caused by exertion at such a high altitude is dragged off the polo field by spectators. It had been out of breath earlier in the match, but was forced back into the game by its rider. Every year this tournament high in the Himalayas attracts thousands of spectators. The pass is some 3,900m above sea level, and the opposing teams come from two villages on either side of the pass. Four matches are played over three days, with the crowds of spectators who come for the event transforming the plateau into a busy tent village. It is a great honor to win the tournament, and victorious players are held in high regard.

About the photographer

Jakob Carlsen

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